June 2005

The next major release of the Lotus Notes client is version 7, due to ship in the third quarter of 2005. The major release beyond that, code-named "Hannover" (likely to become generally available in the first half of 2007), will improve core Notes capabilities and deliver innovations based on IB...

Defensive success

June 30 2005

While I can't blog about individual customer situations and certainly can't name names, I thought it might be interesting to share some good news coming out of Lotus vs. MS competitive battles over the last few days. Since one of the anecdotal things I am hearing from Lotus customers is "Micros...

developerWorks: IBM Workplace now features a free download of the pre-release of IBM Workplace Designer. As announced at Lotusphere 2005, this new development tool is an Eclipse-based environment for building Workplace applications, sharing strong family heritage of Domino Designer. You'll fi...

A couple of weeks after "Hannover", the initial buzz has passed and phase two has begun -- the questions. I've fielded literally hundreds of questions about Lotus Notes "Hannover" in that time, both inside of IBM and directly from partners and customers. While reaction to the announcement of t...

The June 27 issue of Fortune contains an interview with Microsoft's Bill Gates and Ray Ozzie. The article subtitled "The Future of E-mail" is free for all, and contains Gates espousing about such things as whitelists and blacklists in Exchange and asserting that "every e-mail I've ever sent h...

I was waiting until Monday to write about the preview release of IBM Workplace Designer, but Chris Reckling and Declan Lynch have already mentioned it (as has SearchDomino). More on Monday. Paul Mooney mentions that I've agreed to speak at the inaugural Irish Notes User Group, August 26 i...

Another addition to the "Blogroll - colleagues" section...Susan Bulloch is now blogging about Domino administration and stuff. Check her out, y'all!...

I haven't really had a chance to follow up here on last week's Notes "Hannover" announcement. You've read some of the press, and there have been a lot of bloggers writing on the topic. The news has been all positive -- summarizing what we've heard -- great UI, good to hear that Notes has a co...

Linus on Microsoft, mostly....Microsoft really is a fairly interesting vendor in this space. Unlike most proprietary vendors, it's one of the very few ones whose bread and butter comes directly from its commodity market, and even its specialized offerings often sell because of its near dominance...

If nothing else, a "make good" for the mindshare issue around IBM's presence in the real-time market that was raised in discussion on this morning's previous blog entry...David G: Where does IBM see this type of collaborative technology going in the future? David M: IBM sees presence becoming...

Nemeretes analyst Melanie Turek assesses IBM's "Hannover" announcement...Frankly, it's high time IBM got into the real-time collaboration game. The good news is Hannover promises more content-management capabilities than its competitors, which bodes well for collaborative companies whose employe...

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My colleague Volker Jürgensen suggested I revisit a blog topic from a few weeks ago...at that time, it seemed humorous to note that Google had a page about OS/2 as the top hit for "IBM Strategy 2005". Funnier still that just by blogging about that, I've unseated ibm.com as the #1 hit for...

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Roll with Rimowa

June 17 2005

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Gotta like this one..."With Microsoft, every time you turn around, you need another server -- seven for document management, three more for e-mail, and another three to five for financial systems, and then they'd crash," said Barry Winnick, attorney and IT director, in an IBM press release. "Our...

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Via Chris Reckling/InsideLotus, check out this interview with the team that is building IBM Workplace Designer, including Maureen Leland, Phillipe Rand, and David Taieb.. for example:Philippe: We know that J2EE deployments in generally are a pain for people, so as Maureen said, we have two dif...

Well, there's been quite a lot of press coverage today.... There's an article on ibm.com now, that's a good thing to read. "With the unveiling of the next release of Lotus Notes, code-named 'Hannover,' IBM articulates roadmap, demonstrates commitment" Also, in the earlier thread, I linked...

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First news of the day out of Hannover....my colleague Adam Gartenberg writes:With the 7.0 release of the products, we will be reverting to the Sametime and QuickPlace naming for our Domino instant messaging/Web conferencing and team space offerings. ... We hope our decision to revert back to t...

Tomorrow begins the DNUG/IBM Lotus Technical Forum event in Hannover, Germany. It should be a pretty big day -- definitely will have some worthwhile blog updates as the event progresses. If you are anywhere within range of Hannover, I'd suggest it will be well worth it -- especially since adm...

Somewhere along the way, searching directly on edbrill.com seemed to deteriorate. Not sure when it happened, though Ben mentioned it to me a few times in the last few weeks. John and I discussed it this week, and I think things are back to operational....

Ovum reviews the new MS Office Communicator. Straightforward analysis of its capabilities, and thus useful reading for me from the competitive perspective. More interesting was Ovum's "Big Picture":While Microsoft will undoubtedly continue to play a leading role in the collaboration software w...

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Well, we had a decent day at the Workplace Live event here in Houston. Talked with a couple of key customers, and received excellent feedback on Workplace branding and marketing from the business partner roundtable. Unfortunately, due to Chicago weather, I'm stuck here tonight. My 6:02 PM f...

United and Verizon Airfone have just become the first companies to receive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to install the necessary cabin equipment to enable passenger and crew use of wireless technology (Wi-Fi) devices on board a U.S. domestic commercial aircraft while inflight....

Just a reminder, I'll be: In Houston on Wednesday for the Workplace Live! event at the Crowne Plaza downtown. In Chicago on Thursday for the Workplace Live! event at IBM Plaza downtown. In Hannover, Deutschland Monday to Thursday next week for DNUG / IBM Technical Forum.See you there...

Jack Kapica of the Canadian Globe and Mail wonders:I have no doubt Lotus Notes and Domino are fine products, but their names come up very rarely in news stories, reviews or other material outside of IBM's PR machinery. If it's true, as IBM claims, that that Lotus Notes has a global user base ...

I've been profiled in today's Chicago Sun Times, specifically as it pertains to blogging. Putting any ego aside for the moment, this is pretty cool because it is one of the first times the MSM (mainstream media) is covering an IBMer using blogging to connect with customers/ partners/ competitor...

Many moons ago, my employer prior to IBM/Lotus was U.S. Robotics. I joined USR when there were only about 300 employees, shortly after their IPO. It was, for a time, an incredibly enjoyable place to work. USR felt like family, where everyone knew everyone (and if you didn't, there was a galle...

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A good, broad-ranging interview with Peter O'Kelly...SearchDomino: It must be frustrating for users loyal to a product to see so many strategic changes on the part of the company in charge of the product. O'Kelly: There have been dramatic changes at both Microsoft and IBM. When Microsoft ann...

Why Lotus Domino's application layer shared-nothing active/active clustering model is such a huge competitive differentiator...Microsoft advises staying away from active/active clusters though, and imposes some serious limitations on them in order to avoid potential disaster -- and with good rea...

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Bill Buchan explores three options for existing Lotus Notes customers....Option one - Keep Domino - still works. ND7 - post summer/early autumn - is solid, fast, and now offers DB2 back-end capability. So doing nothing (in terms of application infrastructure) is still a pretty valid decision. .....